African American Cultural Society

The mission and purpose of the African American Cultural Society, Inc. are to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of African Americans through educational, artistic, intellectual, and social activities and services deemed to be in the best interests of the entire community.

AACS Membership has its benefits

  • AACS educates and interprets our rich African American culture.

  • AACS owns the beautiful Cultural Center building and five surrounding acres.

  • AACS is a repository to preserve our history of African American accomplishments.

  • AACS evidences our concern for our youth by offering training, programs, and relevant activities.

  • AACS perpetuates our culture through the presentation of visual and performing arts.



Summer of 1969


African New Year
African New Year
African New Year
African New Year
African New Year



Chappie Williams – An Original Founder

Cappie Williams

Founder William “Chappie” Williams stopped by to see the AACS progress that he’s missed.  During his visit it was my pleasure to meet him as well show him the plaques and photos on the wall in the Great Hall.  I also introduced him to Blanche Valentine, CCA, Berkeley Chandler, Alton Dempsey, and William Hopson all of whom were working on preparations for Juneteenth & African New Year, AACS special event.

Chappie Williams was invited back to attend Juneteenth and African New Year Celebrations, as well as the General Membership Meeting.

The Men Of AACS AT Work

AACS Men at work

AACS Men at work

Men of AACS

Craftsmen L-R Berkeley Chandler, Alton Dempsey, William Hopson. Photos by Richard Barnes

Finish Product

AACS included in the African American Civil Rights Network

Art Network

Up Coming Events

Holiday Gift Giving

Holiday Gift Giving

December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Financial Transaction Group

December 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Budget and Finance Committee

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

New Found Favor Ministry

New Found Favor Ministry

December 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Palm Coast Bridge Club

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Stephanie Matthews

Executive Board of Officers

December 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Recent Events

African American Cultural Society Awards Celebration


2022 Awardees in picture:

Kurt Bottoms, Joseph Matthews, Imani Kinshasa William Seeney, Edmund Pinto III (accepting for his father), Melinda Morais, Robert Whiting, Victor Krause. In front Janice Williams and Jean Tanner. Absent, Richard Barnes.

The Shirley Chisholm Trail Dedication


James Sharpe

“As a Founding Member, I am very proud of what we accomplished in the early days. There were many sleepless nights as we grappled with how to get the land and how to pay for construction. All the issues were worked out, and the results is this beautiful building you see here today. I invite you to become a member today”

The Late Great James Sharpe
Jim Lee

“As original lifetime members, Elva and I were involved from the very beginning. Jim was a member of the “Construction Cabinet” that supervised the overall construction from permitting to final occupancy. Elva was a member of the group that wrote the charter and bylaws and got the approval from the State. We highly recommend AACS as a place to enrich your heritage”

Jim & Elva Lee

“As chairperson of the membership committee, I encourage all to become members to help perpetuate African American cultural experience. Among the reasons to join are: AACS educates and interprets our history, AACS promotes and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans, AACS provides exciting, trips, social events, lectures, and many other activities.”

Jean Tanner

Dee and I have used the African American Cultural Society facilities for a few years now to conduct our meetings and other events. The building is beautiful and the administered staff is great to work with. We highly recommend it for your next event.

Mike & Dee Cocchiola

“I recently moved to Florida from California. As an outgoing people person, I was looking for an organization that offers social activities as well as cultural enrichment activities. AACS more than meets both requirements.  I am glad I became a member.”

Geri Wright

“We all wanted a place to call our own. Originally, the idea was to create a social club. But some of us wanted something more along the lines of a cultural club. The African American Cultural Society was born after considerable discussion. The result of the early discussion is what you see now; a place to celebrate our heritage.”

William (Chappie) Williams